By Sage Sutcliffe
Top Montana News Stories
1. Fresh Produce Is an Increasingly Popular Prescription for Chronically Ill Patients (Carly Graf / Kaiser Health News)
Reporting from Missoula, reporter Carly Graf shares a northwestern Montana story with a nationwide audience. The story is a good one: health care providers in Montana have the ability to prescribe healthy foods rather than medication for some illnesses. Graf’s main character is Mackenzie Sachs, a registered dietician who helps patients on the Blackfeet Reservation enroll in a produce prescription program that makes the prescribed foods become more affordable.
2. Henry’s Story (Story by Mike Kordenbrock, Pictures by Hunter D’Antuono / Flathead Beacon)
This story was published a few weeks ago, but it’s still worth the read! Mike Kordenbrock tells the story of 11-year-old Henry, a Kalispell kid who battled lymphoma and won. Meanwhile, Hunter D’Antuono shows the story with several photos from last year and last month.
3. The Session Week 12: GOP controls the budget and lawmakers collaborate on elk management (Nadya Faulx, Ellis Juhlin, Arren Kimbel-Sannit, Eric Dietrich / Montana Free Press)
We do a lot of reading as journalists to stay informed, but listening to the news is just as good. In partnership with Montana Free Press, Yellowstone Public Radio and Montana Public Radio, the latest episode of ‘the Session’ touches on the latest Montana Legislative news. The four reporters go back-and-forth, discussing the most important details in under 10 minutes.
4. Wildlife advocates concerned about public relations tactics related to hunting, trapping amendment (Darrell Ehrlick / Daily Montanan)
Ehrlick’s story is concise and provides all the necessary updates on a wildlife management measure supported by an out-of-state advocacy group, HOWL for Wildlife. Ehrlick writes: “HB 372 is a constitutional proposal that would classify hunting, trapping and fishing as the primary preferred method of wildlife management in Montana.”
Top Environment and Science News Stories
1. Listening To The Big Ice Of Antarctica (Bruno Giussani / Noema Magazine)
Reporter Bruno Giussani traveled to Antarctica with a group of explorers and brought a few questions with him: “What are we doing to the planet that gives us life, and how will we protect it? Or: How are we going to live together in the future in a way that’s peaceful and just?” This piece attempts to answer these questions through an icy, Antarctic lens.
2. Women are less likely to buy electric vehicles than men. Here’s what’s holding them back. (Jessica Kutz / The 19th)
Electric vehicle sales are on the rise, but for some more than others. “As the United States rolls out a plan to invest in charging infrastructure in all 50 states, it is becoming more important to understand how and why women aren’t making the transition to electric cars as quickly as men,” writes Kutz.
Top Student/Alumni Stories
1. The Montana Legislature v. local climate action (Amanda Eggert / Montana Free Press)
J-School grad (’09) Amanda Eggert reports for the Montana Free Press on the environment, public land use and wildfires. Especially during the Legislative session, Eggert’s hot-topic stories often include a political angle. Eggert’s recent story brings attention to three bills that are advancing in the Montana Legislature, which “restrict cities’ ability to steer their communities toward renewable technology.”